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CrossRoads

"I think working at software level requires less training."
That's probably why EEs are paid more than SEs as well.
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NiHaoMike

Agreed! But I bet the gates are much faster than MCUs and software, which, again can be overcome with a monster MCU. The name of the game has really changed from something most people can't pronounce to something lots of people can pronounce. I think working at software level requires less training. Maybe it is just me that have programmed for a long time.

A cheap FPGA or CPLD will easily outpace a discrete logic design and still be cheaper than discrete logic for a non-trivial design. Discrete logic still has its place where you only need something simple or if you don't want to bother with learning Verilog.
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liudr

I've got to learn some FPGA stuff. The name has been tossed around a few times lately. Is there a cost-effective hardware path to learn it?

NiHaoMike

The FPGA boards out there are a little expensive compared to microcontroller boards, but you do get a lot of functionality. If you're a student, the Digilent Atlys only costs $200 for a board that has a Spartan 6 and 4 HDMI I/Os. There are cheaper boards but the Atlys gives you a very good deal.
http://tristesse.org/CheapFPGADevelopmentBoards
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liudr


"I think working at software level requires less training."
That's probably why EEs are paid more than SEs as well.


Some majors have plenty training but  are not for making money. I agree that for money making majors typically graduates are paid more if they pay more, money, time, effort, upfront.

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